They started as Boy Scouts at about the same time, and now they’re reaching the organization’s highest level together.
Six members of Boy Scout Troop 421 of Grace Presbyterian Church in Arlington have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. In a normal year, the 25-year-old troop promotes two to four scouts to Eagle out of more than 60 boys, said Chris Osburn, assistant scoutmaster and the troop’s Eagle Scout coordinator.
Here’s a snapshot of the new Eagle Scouts:
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Eagle Scout service project: Landscaping at duplexes that Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ, which he attends, provides for senior citizens. He added flowerbeds and tore out an overgrown vine. This not only improved the appearance of the duplexes but also gives residents a way to pursue their gardening hobby.
Eagle Court of Honor: Oct. 10.
Eagle Scout service project: Built loading dollies for Trinity Kids, a nonprofit organization that sends kids in foster care to camp for a week of fun. Brackton had been working at the camp for three years, and one of the problems he noticed was how long it took the staff to load and unload hundreds of bins containing toys, craft supplies and other camp necessities. About a month after construction, the dollies were put to use. The faster process freed up more time for the staff to improve the campers’ lives, which is the ultimate goal of the camp.
Eagle Court of Honor: This month
Eagle Scout service project: Arlington Animal Services needed an outdoor storage sheds to be completely reorganized and additional storage space added. The shed is used primarily for equipment needed during emergency operations and disasters that require mass animal rescues/evacuations. Johnson’s leadership, preparation and organization led to a vastly improved storage shed with interior lighting. He is a third-generation Eagle Scout.
Eagle Scout service project: Build cabinets and a countertop for the Linda Jobe Middle School volunteer workroom. Volunteers previously had to off portable banquet tables.
Eagle Court of Honor: Aug. 29
Eagle Scout service project: Design, build and paint six wooden collection boxes for people to use to sort clothes and shoes for a charity run for Saving Soles on the Street. Since the race, the red collection buckets have been used in various locations to collect donations for the needy. They will also be used in different locations before each year’s race to collect shoes for the homeless. Moulton included a frame so that a label could be written explaining what to donate. And of course wheels were added for easy transportation.
Eagle Court of Honor: Oct. 18
Eagle Scout service project: Construct six large boxes for collecting food from food drives, two each to be placed in three Mansfield schools. The boxes were painted to match each school's color theme. The schools were Mansfield High School, Asa Low Intermediate and Roberta Tipps Elementary. Humphries made signs and placed them in the school yards, and the principals at each school made announcements about the drive. He also announced the drive on Facebook and Instagram. At the end of one month, he collected the food and delivered it to Mission Arlington at the end of May.
Eagle Court of Honor: This month
Patrick M. Walker